The primary goal of the Guatemala Rural Child Health and Nutrition Program is to use the capacities of Stanford University to save young children’s lives in Guatemala and other areas of the world plagued by conflict and political instability. Part of the Children in Crisis Initiative, this Stanford effort in Guatemala has been focused on young child malnutrition, the central contributor to child mortality and life-long disability in these regions. Stanford University faculty and students are working closely with local community health workers in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala to eliminate severe malnutrition and develop new, more effective ways to reach needy communities in remote and politically complex parts of the world.
The Stanford initiative in Guatemala is committed to developing new strategies and tools that will make effective health and nutritional interventions accessible to needy communities around the world. In addition to expanding the program to reach thousands of more children in Guatemala, the Stanford initiative is currently moving forward to enhance its global impact:
New collaborations with the Central American Healthcare Initiative and the INCAE Business School have already brought the Stanford work in Guatemala to leaders throughout the region. The tight linkage of the Stanford Guatemala programs with the larger Children in Crisis Initiative at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford School of Medicine will ensure that the lessons being learned in Guatemala are shared with scholars, programs, and governments throughout the world.